Friday 24 November 2017

Basketball: Quigley boost as Eagles set their sights on bouncing back to winning ways

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THEY may be sitting pretty on top of the SuperLeague table, but champions UL Eagles need to get back to winning ways tomorrow after losing their last two games on the bounce.

The Limerick side went down to physical Killester and DCU Saints in their last two fixtures and they will face a change in style in Galway where a smaller and quicker side in Moycullen, including the prolific Patrick Sullivan, lie in wait.

Eagles will be confident of getting a win over the struggling westerners, who are currently sixth in the table, but coach Mark Keenan won't be happy until his side are on their way back to the Treaty City with the points in the bag ahead of next weekend's SuperLeague Cup semi-final against UCD Marian.

"It is a very important game for us. After two losses we really need to get some form back, especially with the cup semi-final only a week away," he said.

"Moycullen are an excellent team and, especially in Galway, it's very hard to get a win against them. We should have a full squad and hopefully Eoin Quigley will be back, which would be a boost for everyone."

After edging out Neptune in last weekend's Cork derby, second-placed UCC Demons take on UCD Marian at Belfield, sitting just one point behind the leaders.


Coach Paul Kelleher believes his side are fresh after the Christmas break and hopes to welcome back Ciaran O'Sullivan, Niall Murphy and Shane Duggan.

"This weekend marks a big junction in the season. We have rested well over Christmas which we needed as we were feeling the strain of players playing a lot of minutes during the first half of the season," he said.

"UCD Marian will be a tough encounter for us as they are very experienced."

Neptune will hope to close the gap on the top two when they face Dublin Inter, while fourth meet fifth in a Dublin derby that sees DCU Saints host Killester.

Having finally lost a game to end their 100pc record, Women's SuperLeague champions UL Huskies will be hoping to bounce back when they face mid-table Meteors in Dublin on Sunday.

Glanmire will want to take the confidence gained from finally getting one over the Limerick side when they take on Killester at home tomorrow.

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Tomorrow: Moycullen v UL Eagles, NUI Galway, 3.45; Neptune v Dublin Inter, Neptune Stadium, 7.0; DCU Saints v Killester, DCU, 7.0; UCD Marian v UCC Demons, UCD , 7.10.

Women's SuperLeague

Tomorrow: Ulster Rockets v Liffey Celtics, De La Salle, 6.30; Glanmire v Killester, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 7.0; WIT Wildcats v DCU Mercy, Mercy College, 7.0.

Sunday: Brunell v WIT Wildcats, Parochial Hall Cork, 2.45; Meteors v UL Huskies, Colaiste Iosagain, 3.0.

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